The National Killam Program consists of the Killam Prizes and the Dorothy Killam Fellowships.
The Killam Prizes are awarded to active Canadian scholars who have distinguished themselves through sustained research excellence, making a significant impact in their respective fields in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, and engineering.
The Dorothy Killam Fellowships provide support to scholars of exceptional ability by granting them time to pursue research projects of broad significance and widespread interest within the disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering or studies linking any of these disciplines.
Killam Prize nomination package
- social sciences
- natural sciences
- health sciences
Terms and conditions
- must confirm acceptance of the prize and agree to keep the results confidential until the National Killam Program Office makes its official announcement.
- consent to disclose any information that may constitute a significant departure from generally-recognized standards of public behaviour and which is seen to undermine the public reputation of the National Killam Program.
- must agree to allow their photographs and public information to be used for promotion of the prize and in other National Killam Program promotional material.
- are expected to participate in prize-related events and activities, which could include, but are not limited to: news conferences, award ceremonies and receptions, and to make themselves available for media interviews.
- are also asked to provide copyright permission for the use of reproductions or clips of their work on collateral and press materials associated with the Killam Prize, and on the Killam Trusts’, the National Research Council of Canada’s and partner websites and social media channels.
- Nomination letter (1,000 words in English or 1,200 words in French)
Further, nomination letters must clearly specify:
- the Killam Prize discipline in which the candidate is being nominated, and
- the nature of the nominator’s relationship with the nominee.
- please refer to nominees consistently by their surname(s) and use gender-neutral pronouns.
- Biography (500 words in English or 650 words in French)
- Three (3) letters of support (1,000 words in English or 1,200 words in French)
- Please ensure that each letter of support is unique, clearly describes the impact of the research nationally and/or internationally, and/or speaks to efforts on the part of the nominee to have a multiplier effect in their field.
- Please clearly specify the nature of the letter writer’s relationship with the nominee.
- Please refer to nominees consistently by their surname(s) and use gender-neutral pronouns.
- Please remove institutional letterhead.
- Curriculum vitae (30 pages in English or 36 pages in French)
- Eligibility attestation
In alignment with the Canadian Institute of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the National Killam Program asks nominees to voluntarily provide self-identification data.
The collection of self-identification data is a central piece of the National Killam Program’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan. This data provides information on the diversity of the population applying for and receiving funding. This information increases the National Killam Program’s capacity to monitor progress on increasing EDI in their programs, to recognize and remove barriers, and to design new measures to achieve greater EDI in the research enterprise.
Please ensure your application adheres to the above-indicated maximum word and page limits. If your application is incomplete or not submitted through the proper channel, it will be rejected from the competition.
|Relevance||Exceptional quality of the candidate’s research record achieved in line with the Killam values and including candidate’s outstanding commitment, creativity and efforts to share research knowledge beyond the academic community.||33.3 %|
|Impact||Contribution of the candidate’s ideas and research results to Canadian society, including the nation’s intellectual and/or cultural life; as well as international stature where appropriate.||33.3 %|
|Merit||Quality of the candidate’s research record and scope of the candidate’s research contributions taking into account the norms of the field of study.||33.3 %|
Below are eligibility criteria to consider when submitting a nomination:
- Individual nominations may include nomination for multiple categories, but an individual may only be awarded the Killam Prize in 1 category.
- No individual may be awarded a Killam Prize more than once.
- Self-nominations are not permitted for the Killam Prize; only nominations by experts in their field.
- Killam Prizes are intended for active (not retired) Canadian scholars who have made a substantial and distinguished contribution, over a significant period, to scholarly research. A Killam Prize is not intended as an “end-of-service” reward, as a recognition for a single great accomplishment, or in expectation of future distinguished contributions.
- Only Canadian citizens or scholars working and living in Canada are eligible, and the prizes are awarded only to living candidates.
- National Killam Program Office employees, members of the National Killam Program Advisory Board, or the Selection Committee may not be nominated during their term as members, and for 1 year following the end of their term.
- The nominator and the nominee consent to disclose any information that may constitute a significant departure from generally-recognized standards of public behaviour and which is seen to undermine the public reputation of the National Killam Program.
- A nominator may resubmit a nomination for a specific nominee as many times as desired. However, a new nomination package is required for any subsequent nomination.
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